September 26, 2017

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Cabinet Günter I in Schleswig-Holstein

Premier Daniel Günther – Picture by Gerd Seide. lFrom 28 June 2017, Schleswig-Holstein, in North Germany has a new cabinet formed by eight ministers in a coalition of three political parties, namely the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and the Greens. 14th Premier of Schleswig-Holstein is the Christian Democrat Daniel Günter. As one of the state’s representatives at the Bundesrat, he also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Schleswig-Holstein (SH) is Germany’s northernmost state. Its capital city is Kiel. From a population of ca. 2,872 million inhabitans approximately 65,000 are Danish-speakers. For further information:  State Government of Schleswig-Holstein: http://www.schleswig-holstein.de/EN/Home/home_node.html;jsessionid=83B602701583B1626FC27BAB4D8E1F4F ——- Premier Daniel Günther…

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EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully enters into force

Today,1 September 2017, the  Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine enters fully into force. The Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together: it promotes deeper political ties and stronger economic links, as well as respect for common European values. The DCFTA provides a framework for modernising Ukraine’s trade relations and economic development by opening up markets and harmonising laws, standards and regulations with EU and international norms. The Association Agreement was negotiated between 2007 and 2011 and signed on 21 March and…

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3 rd round of EU-UK negotiations

Today the 3rd round of EU / UK negotiations started in Brussels, today David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, European Commission Chief Negotiator, will meet at the Berlaymont (VIP corner). Other meetings are scheduled in the nexts three days: · Principals’ meeting Tuesday, 29 August 2017 · Negotiating Groups Wednesday, 30 August 2017 · Coordinators’ meetings · Negotiating Groups Thursday, 31 August 2017 · Closing Plenary. There are three negotiating groups covering citizens’ rights, financial settlement and other separation issues. The issues related to Northern Ireland and the governance of the withdrawal…

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Brexpats – Hear our vote

Brexpats – Hear Our Voice awarded the European Citizens Prize 2017 On 25 August, the organisation “Brexpats – Hear Our Voice” received the European Citizens Prize in the Huis van Europa (House of Europe) in The Hague. Mrs Debbie Williams, founder of Brexpats, explained the importance of the organization and its goals. Brexpats wants to give a voice to citizens affected by the forthcoming United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. With this project, Brexpats want to give the British community in the EU (1.2 million people) and EU nationals within the UK (3 million people) a voice. British MEP…

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Assembly of Lower Saxony dissolved

Lower Saxon Government – Bernd Schwabe in Hannover. Monday, 21 August 2017, Hannover, Lower Saxony: The State Assembly of Lower Saxony in Germany has dissolved itself after a parliamentary vote triggered by the incumbent government’s loss of their fragile majority of seats at the legislature. Since 19 February 2013 the state government had been led by the Social-Democrat Premier Stephan Weil in a coalition with the Green Party. Elections are scheduled to take place on 15 October 2017. For further information: Government of Lower Saxony: http://www.niedersachsen.de/politik_staat/landesregierung_ministerien/die-niedersaechsische-landesregierung-20076.html

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Mecklenburg-West Pommerania headed by a woman

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania’s Premier Manuela Schwesig – Picture by Ralf Roletschek – Roletschek.at Since 4 July 2017, Social Democratic politician Manuela Schwesig has taken over the reins of the state government of the Bundesland Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) as successor to Premier Erwin Sellering, who withdrew due to ill health. Until becoming premier she served as Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. She is the first female head of government in the state, and fifth since German reunification. In the latter capacity she leads a coalition with the Christian Democrats. For further information: Government of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania: http://www.regierung-mv.de/Landesregierung/Kabinett/

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Al Mahdi case: ICC Trial Chamber VIII issues reparations order

The Judges of Trial Chamber VIII at the hearing held on 17 August 2017 at the seat of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. ©ICC-CPI. Today, 17 August 2017, Trial Chamber VIII of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued a Reparations Order in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, concluding that Mr Al Mahdi is liable for 2.7 million euros in expenses for individual and collective reparations for the community of Timbuktu for intentionally directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in that city. Noting that Mr Al Mahdi is indigent, the…

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Trafficking for sexual exploitation: Bulgarian OCG dismantled

                            An organised crime group (OCG) operating in the Sliven region of Bulgaria was dismantled following Eurojust’s coordination of five investigations of trafficking of human beings (THB) for the purpose of sexual exploitation of Bulgarian women to the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as money laundering. These five investigations resulted in two separate international operations, Operation Palma and Operation Leerdam, and respectively the establishment of two joint investigation teams (JITs), which were set up and coordinated as well as financially supported by Eurojust. Operation Palma Operation Palma…

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World Tourism Organization Video Competition

UNWTO wants to feature the creative work of all Member States! On the occasion of the 22st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly, they are launching the second UNWTO Tourism Video Competition. All UNWTO Member States are invited to participate in this competition. The UNWTO tourism video competition deadline has been extended to August 12.  Already 156 member states, 59 videos received to date. Videos must be submitted directed from National Tourism Agency http://lmd.unwto.org/unwto-tourism-video-competition-2017 Click here for the Competition Guidelines. Deadline 12 August 2017. The winners will be announced at the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly.

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Al Mahdi case: ICC to deliver reparations order

Al Mahdi case: ICC Trial Chamber VIII to deliver reparations order on 17 August 2017 On 21 July 2017, Trial Chamber VIII of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued an order scheduling a public hearing on 17 August 2017 at 10:00 am (The Hague local time) in Courtroom III to deliver its reparations order in the Al Mahdi case, in the presence of the Mr Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, his defence team, the Legal Representative of Victims and the Office of the Prosecutor. The Chamber also invited the Trust Funds for Victims to attend the hearing. ICC…

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